WorldSBK: Nick Kalinin earns important points in Spain to fight for World Championship titleUkrainian finished 14th in a difficult race at first race of WorldSSP300
Nick Kalinin, a 20-year-old motorcycle racer from Odessa, returned to the World Superbike circus in the Supersport 300 category with the German team "Nutec - RT Motorsports by SKM". The season of the world championship for Ukrainian rider started on April 7th in Spain at the Motorland Aragon Circuit. Kalinin from the first practice worked in the leading group and in the final race earned important points to fight for the title. The Odessan finished 14th in front of the vice-champion of last year.
The World Championship Supersport 300 in 2019 received a new development. From this year, more than 50 motorcycle racers will compete at each stage, and in the final race only 36 of the fastest pilots will be able to compete for victory at the stage.
At the first race, new electronics was used on Kalinin's motorcycle to limit the power for his Kawasaki 400. The team, together with the rider, did a lot of work to prepare the bike for the race, but only after the flag, the necessary settings were found.
Kalinin started from the 15th position and in the several laps moved into 8th place. Due to a mistake of the KTM pilot, an incident occurred, as a result of which 2 motorcycle racers fell immediately ahead of Nick Kalinin. After a dangerous situation, in order not to join the outgoing, Nick was forced to leave the first group, which fought for the victory and could continue the battle only for championship points.
Nick Kalinin #22: “I am very happy to return to the World Championship. Of course, before the start of the first stage I expected to be exactly in the top 10, but unpredictable situations always occur in a race. In addition, we all tried to improve the work of the bike. This year there are technical changes in relation to Kawasaki motorcycles, and, it also affects the bike. After the race I spent a few hours with the team on the analysis and it seems that we have found where we are losing on the track. Whether we are right or not -will be seen already in Assen.
In general, I am pleased with this start, because the race was very difficult. Both Marc García, the champion of 2017, and Ana Carrasco, the current world champion, were both without points. I was able to find a decision in a difficult situation in track. Now I and team confidently preparing for the second stage. "
The next stage of the World Championship will be held April 12-14th in Assen, the Netherlands.